“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:14-15
God forgave us for all that we have done, all that we are doing, and all we ever will do because of what Christ did. Christ loves us so much that He died for us, even while our lives were rife with sin. He did it, not because of anything we did, but because of Who He is, God with us.
Because Jesus was not only God, but also Man, God the Father can recognize that Jesus was able to forgive us no matter what we did, or will do. This forgiveness given by Jesus causes God the Father to forgive Jesus, as Man, in the same way. Why would He have to forgive Jesus? Well, because Jesus took upon Himself all sin. He was sinless, and like the spotless lambs of sacrifice that covered us by taking our sin temporarily, He took those sins permanently.
Jesus forgave everyone, taking all sin upon His Person. God the Father, since Jesus forgave all sin against Him, forgives the same sins Jesus took, thus seeing Christ perfectly righteous as a Man.
And it’s not for only salvation! It’s for our every day. If we continue to forgive others, even forgive ourselves, then we remain hidden in Christ, and learn more of Who He is and grow as children of God. When we refuse to forgive (and that is what we are doing – refusing) then we are stepping away from His finished work, and have placed ourselves within view of the Father directly who now has the Holy Spirit begin convicting us of our refusal, or disobedience, so that we might repent (which means turn away from) our unforgiveness, which is sin, and turn back to the Cross, where we are forgiven.
That is the wondrous power of the Cross!
Therefore, believe in Whom He hath sent, Jesus Christ, and what He finished at Calvary. With that belief, step out in faith. Forgive those who have wronged you. It may feel like a sacrifice, and maybe it is, but forgiving is for giving. So, give peace. Give it by sharing the unconditional Love first given to you. Don’t wait for them to do anything to deserve it. Do it because you want to be more like Christ. Do it because He did it for you. Trust in Him and what He did. Forgive. Forget. Stand hidden in the Cross and move closer to God.